Toddler Tip: How To Help Your Child When They Feel Upset

Create A Cheat Sheet To Help Cope With Feelings

Pay attention to the soothing or calming experiences your child gravitates to. Make a list of all the things that they like that you notice: having a warm bath, having lotion rubbed on their feet, being wrapped in a blanket, swinging, a bear hug, a walk down the street. Ask your child to help you! Then put it on the fridge or somewhere easy to refer to. It is sometimes hard for parents and children to remember all the things that can feel good and help their bodies when they are starting to feel upset. While you’re at it, make a list for yourself too! It can be helpful to share your list with your child so that they know that you are thinking about what helps your feelings too.

Written by Twigtale Expert Wendy Denham, PhD.


Toddler Tip: How To Help Your Child When They Feel Upset was originally published on April 8, 2014. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on December 15, 2015.